(PRNewswire).- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced today that the company Kore Infrastructure has successfully started the tests and demonstrations of its modular waste-to-energy system with negative carbon emissions in the facilities of the electric utility company of Los Angeles California.
Innovative technology is designed to divert organic waste from California landfills and converting them into carbon-negative hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). These clean fuels could be used to reduce gas emissions greenhouse effect of industrial processes and sectors difficult to electrify, including heavy transport.
SoCalGas is already demonstrating how hydrogen produced from RNG could power a public transport fleet. Kore’s infrastructure technology tests can provide key insights into operational efficiency and costs, as well as determine the profitability of its implementation at scale.
SoCalGas contributed $1.5 million to the demonstration project, which also received funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD).
Kore’s modular system uses a pyrolysis process that heats organic waste to high temperatures in an oxygen-free environment, turning the waste into a gas mixture that could be converted to carbon-negative hydrogen, or RNG, along with a solid carbon which can be used to improve soil quality or help decarbonize cement and steel production. Kore Infrastructure’s process is designed to meet South Coast AQMD ultra-low NOx and particulate emissions standards.
“This is the kind of novel approach that we need to see more of that uses sustainable processes,” said Ben J Benoit, Chairman of the South Coast AQMD Governing Board.
“Not only will it divert material from landfills, but the process will create clean energy sources that can be used in fuel cell vehicles and other clean air technologies.” he added.
“In California, transportation generates approximately 40% of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Cornelius Shields, CEO and founder of Kore Infrastructure.
“We are collaborating with leaders in the waste, energy and transportation industries to provide a carbon-negative energy solution made in America. Our UltraGreen Hydrogen™ It will be the fuel of the future for light vehicles, heavy trucks and buses, ensuring that our supply chain is emission-free, sustainable and affordable.” Shields added.
Neil Navin, vice president of clean energy innovations for SoCalGas, stated that “Carbon-negative RNG and hydrogen production could help provide energy security and decarbonize California in our energy transition.”
Kore plans to demonstrate the production of 99.999% pure hydrogen which would be suitable for fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses and trains by the third quarter of 2022. The demo facility has the potential to process up to 24 tons per day of organic raw material and produce up to one metric ton of negative carbon, UltraGreenhydrogen™ per day, enough hydrogen for more than 1,400 fuel cell electric cars.
This demonstration project could also help California reduce methane emissions from landfills under California Senate Bill 1383 by converting organic waste into carbon-negative renewable fuel. SoCalGas research has shown that clean fuels like hydrogen and RNG can offer the most affordable, resilient and technologically proven path to full carbon neutrality.